Explore Craftsmanship and Hospitality in Western Europe
** This program is anticipated to next run for Thanksgiving Break 2019. Please check back in Spring 2019 for the application. **
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This program will allow you to visit major landmarks, production facilities, companies, hotels, and museums as you travel through Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. These visits will provide context for understanding more about the traditions and practice of craftsmanship and hospitality in Europe. All four countries offer a variety of cultural enhancement opportunities, especially during the holiday season. This program is focused on building key skills from which you can benefit in your college career as well as in your professional career after graduation. You will gain confidence in your abilities to navigate through Europe, which will enable and empower you to commit to a longer stay such as spending an entire semester abroad. This program focuses on exposing you to the various types of customs, art, and craftsmanship found in the host countries. Furthermore, you will gain craftsmanship skills through hands-on workshops with local experts.
During the program, you will:
1. experience the European way of life
You will be enrolled in AESHM 281 (1 credit), the required ISU pre-departure orientation course for this study abroad program. You will also be enrolled in AESHM 381 (2 credits), the required ISU class for the travel component of this study abroad program.
2. gain insights and understand how European artists and professionals work and conduct business
3. be able to compare European undergraduate and graduate programs to American programs
4. acquire new skills and apply new techniques during hands-on workshops
5. compile knowledge through interaction with industry professionals and discuss your motivation and inspiration, as well as comprehend business structure and ethics
6. explain, evaluate, and interpret your learning experience through self-reflection
2018 Program Highlights
- Round-trip travel to Europe
- Paris landmarks: Sacre-Coeur, Montmartre, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Notre Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, Palais Galliera
- Belgium highlights: Texture Museum of Flax, River Lys, lace-making workshop at the Kantcentrum, Church of Our Lady, chocolatier shops, visit to the North Sea, visit to Bruges
- Netherlands highlights: Anne Frank museum, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam city center, Dutch fashion designer visit, Zaanse Schans Windmills Park (including visits to clog makers and cheese makers)
- Germany highlights: visit to Vocational School for Clothing and Fashion, Textil-Taunusdruck fabric store, Gutenberg Museum, visit to Wiesbaden to see world's largest cuckoo clock, traditional German potluck
Program Prerequisites and Criteria for Participant Selection
Participants must meet the following requirements:
Applicants will be asked to submit the following materials as part of their ISUAbroad application:
- At least 18 years of age
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8
The College of Human Sciences may check a participant's current GPA at any time. Failure to maintain the required GPA may affect participation in an international program.
- One recommendation from an ISU faculty member/adviser/staff member
- Essay explaining and reflecting on how they will benefit from participating in this program
Costs and Financial Assistance
This program has costs that will appear on your U-bill and costs that you will pay for out-of-pocket, and the budget sheet linked below outlines more information about the expected costs. Please note that ISU budget sheets are estimates and costs may vary. However, it should give you a good idea of how much you would spend to participate in this program. Other links below provide resources to help you find scholarships and other aid to pay for participating in the program.
Budget sheet for Explore Craftsmanship and Hospitality in Western Europe - Summer 2018
Scholarship resources for this program are located at the following websites:
College of Human Sciences International Scholarships - Scholarships for summer 2018 will be available to apply for starting in January
Iowa State University Student Affairs Scholarships
Office of Student Financial Aid Scholarships
Office of Student Financial Aid FAQ
All participants in this program will be automatically enrolled in CISI, an international health insurance and emergency service plan. This insurance plan is required for all undergraduate and graduate students participating in ISU study abroad programs. The cost of the plan is $1.31 per day, and it has been built into the cost of the program fee. More information is available at the links below:
CISI Participant FAQ
International Insurance 101
CISI Policy Information
Deadline and Withdrawal Information
The application deadline for the program is December 18, 2017. You will be notified soon after the deadline if you have been accepted to participate. You will have a week and a half to decide if you will commit to the program, a specific commitment date will be in your acceptance letter. If you commit to your offer, you are officially part of the program, and you will be responsible for all program costs listed on the ISUAbroad budget sheet. If you withdraw, you will be responsible for all non-recoverable program payments the college is obligated to make on your behalf. Charges will be applied to your U-bill.
Contact and Additional Information
Questions about Explore Craftsmanship and Hospitality in Western Europe should be directed to Program Director Grit Vece at email@example.com. Questions about the application process should be directed to the College of Human Sciences International Programs Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or in 131 MacKay Hall.